VIRTUAL Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico

VIRTUAL Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico
VIRTUAL Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico

VIRTUAL Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico

PROGRAMA VIRTUAL Comunidad a través de la Creación De Perú a Nuevo México
January 6, 2019 - May 4, 2020

Community through Making brought together local and Peruvian artists to explore how art shapes healthy and vibrant communities. The installation was a conversation across borders, highlighting three collaborative projects that paired local artists and artists from Peru for 10-day residencies in conjunction with the exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru. This exhibition in the Gallery of Conscience experimented with community curation, filling the gallery with video, stories, and artworks as created and told by museum program participants over the course of 18 months.

Places of Memory, paired members of two Indigenous women-led organizations: Tewa Women United (Española, New Mexico) and the National Association of the Families of the Abducted, Detained, and Disappeared of Peru/ANFASEP (Ayacucho, Peru) to explore the culturally specific ways they use art to heal community and individual trauma. Street Art and Activism, was a convening of muralists, printers, and painters whose work engages contemporary social issues with a focus on public visibility. Rivers of Plastic brought together sculptors Aymar Ccopacatty (Aymara) and Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara), who both see their home landscapes being transformed by plastic waste and use sculpture to open conversations about this intrusive and persistent material.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, Alas de Agua Art Collective created a mural inside the museum; students at the Kha’p’o Community School at Santa Clara Pueblo created sculptures from recycled materials; and local and Peruvian artists created a mural in a neighborhood in Santa Fe’s Southside.

The exhibition was on view from January 6, 2019 through May 4, 2020. It has now been made into a virtual exhibition that you can explore online.


Virtual Exhibition

Objects from the Exhibition


Neon Signs of Life by Amy Groleau, El Palacio Magazine, Summer 2018

Spotlight on the Lima artist collective Amapolay Manufacturas Autonómas


Unnatural Resources by Amy Groleau and Marla Redcorn-Miller, Summer 2018

A conversation with Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) and Aymar Ccopacatty (Aymara)


Whoever Controls the Wall, Controls the Voice by Katherine Lewin, Santa Fe Reporter, July 2019

Coverage of our community mural project on the Southside of Santa Fe



Places of Memory

Videos from the April 2018 collaboration of Native artists and activists from Peru and New Mexico

Street Art and Activism

Videos from the international collaboration of Amapolay (Peru) and seven local artists during summer 2018

Rivers of Plastic

Videos of the projects by Aymar Ccopacatty (Aymara) and Nora Naranjo Morse (Santa Clara Pueblo) during Summer 2018, and projects by young artists at Kha’p’o Community School, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico in Fall, 2019

Fronteras y Semillas

Videos of our Southside mural project with Alas de Agua Art Collective (Santa Fe, NM), Three Sisters Collective (Santa Fe, NM), and Amapolay Manufacturas Autónomas (Peru)

“Community Through Making” brings artists from Peru to New Mexico by Chad Brummet, New Mexico Living/KRQE March 2019

Interview with Israel Haros Lopez of Alas de Agua Art Collective and Curator, Amy Groleau